Ludger Kolbe is the Chief Scientist for Photobiology at Beiersdorf, one of the major global companies for dermatological and cosmetic skin care.
Born in 1961, he graduated from the University of Münster, Germany, in biology and received a PhD for his research in immunobiology. During a postdoctoral training with Albert Kligman, MD, PhD, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he focused his research activities on experimental dermatology. Thereafter, he joined Beiersdorf Research & Development where he has held various positions in research on sensitive skin, inflammatory skin conditions, skin pigmentation and photobiology.
Currently, Dr. Kolbe directs the research on skin pigmentation and photoprotection. One of his key responsibilities is the identification of new protective mechanisms for dermatological and cosmetic skin care. This led to a multitude of international patents and original papers in scientific journals and the discovery of highly effective ingredients for topical skin care products. His current focus is on the development of treatments for UV-induced skin dyspigmentation and photoprotection.
Dr. Kolbe is member of the Society of Investigative Dermatology, the German Society for Immunology, the European Society for Photobiology and serves as a reviewer for various scientific journals. He also is a member of the Cosmetics Europe Expert Teams on Sun Protection and the ISO expert team for Sun Protection Methodology.